Welcome to the magazine

"Those who tell the stories rule the world." - Hopi American Indian proverb

What is a village without storytelling! Here in our village magazine, you'll find all kinds of:

  • interviews, stories and articles related to pregnancy, birth and parenting in Belgium, including birth stories;
  • reflections from those who have moved on from Belgium;
  • inspiring stories of Belgium-based parents who run their own business / activities;
... and more!

Want to share YOUR story?
We'd love to read it, and every month, one lucky contributor will win a prize from our competition sponsor.
Find out more here about the whats, hows and whens of submitting your story!

Birth stories

Readers share their stories of births in Belgium.

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My three preemies – Violaine’s story

Violaine Carnoy tells about the births of her three children - now aged 16, 14 and 12 - who were all born premature.

Boy 3 – Callum’s birth

Siobhán McGonigle, founder of the village, has three boys, all born in Belgium. This is story of Callum, her third son, born...

Littlest Sprout’s birth story

Sandra Amorim is mum to two beautiful, active boys born in 2009 and 2012 in Brussels. Sandra is Portuguese-American and lived in...

Parent-preneurs

Mums and dads share their stories about running their own business in Belgium.

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New Little Life doula services – Allison Tolman

Allison Tolman is an American birth doula, living and working in the Mons area. Through her company New Little Life, she also...

Clickin’ mom – Nicole from Bear & Dragon Photography

Nicole Gustafsson of Bear & Dragon Photography tells us a little about what it's like to be a 'parent-preneur'!

Chou&Chou – the mom behind the brand

US-born Taiwanese mum Pam Chou tells us how her popular 8-in-1 maternity and nursing cardigan came about.

Life after Belgium

All good things come to an end! Readers who have left Belgium reflect on life away from home.

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From Brussels to Dubai

Violaine Carnoy tells us about her family's move from grey Belgium to the sunny Middle-East.

London calling

Antwerp-born mum-of-two, Freya Van Onckelen tells us about raising her French-Belgian girls in London.

Dad's eye view

Dad's reflecting on parenting.

Dad’s eye view – the births of F and C

Irish-born Stephen tells us about the births of his two children, born in 2015 and 2017 in Brussels.